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A question is about the word epual Just now I watched a video. There are two expressions: 1. One pint equals two cups. 2. One quart is equal to two pints. In first sentence, equal used as verb; in the second sentence, equal used as adjective. Why the people in this video use the same words as different parts of speech? Is it natural to use a word like this?
Oct 17, 2018 4:25 PM
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Yes, it's natural and they're the same thing. It's common for us to not use the exact same wording with every sentence, either intentionally (so it doesn't sound repetitive) or subconsciously (simply because we don't care about making everything the exact same).
October 17, 2018
@Gord, Thanks for your detailed explanation.
October 18, 2018
In English, "equal" is both an adjective and a verb. So this is correct. But you can't take an arbitrary verb and use it as an adjective, or an arbitrary adjective and use it as a verb. There are other examples where the same word is used in different parts of speech. For instance the word "smile" is both a noun and a verb. But each word is different, so you have to learn each word individually and learn how it can be used. Most words can only be used in one part of speech.
October 17, 2018
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